The World from Berlin 'Germany Would Also Have Voted to Ban Minarets'

Switzerland's vote to ban minarets is a disaster for its image, write German commentators. The vote doesn't just reflect a fear of "Islamization" but also shows that setbacks in recent years have shaken its national self-confidence. But Germans would probably vote the same way, warn some observers.
The Mahmud Mosque in Zurich has one of only four minarets in Switzerland. No more will be built following Sunday's referendum.

The Mahmud Mosque in Zurich has one of only four minarets in Switzerland. No more will be built following Sunday's referendum.

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-- David Crossland